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Sarta Aziz is set to be replaced by Lieutenant General Naseer Khan Janjua as Pakistan’s new National Security Advisor (NSA), officials confirmed.

General Janjua, who has recently retired, will also accompany Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in his visit to the United States this week.

According to The Express Tribune, the decision was taken as Pakistan Army Chief General Raheel Sharif felt that Aziz had too much on his plate as he also held the portfolio for Foreign Affairs.

A senior minister in Sharif’s cabinet told the national daily that the army chief has been pushing for the appointment of Janjua as the new NSA since months, but Sharif preferred Aziz.

However, the army chief has now persuaded the prime minister that both government and military should work together, the minister added.

Earlier, Janjua was the president of the National Defense University and has also worked on military preparedness exercise ‘Azm-e-Nau’, which focuses mainly on India.